Best beach in Nicaragua | Las Penitas Nicaragua | Surfing and beach vibes

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Surfing in Las Peñitas

Just 20 minutes from the city of León you will find the best beach in Nicaragua. The pleasant, coastal village of Las Peñitas is a great spot for surfing and relaxation. Because of its 2 km long beach this place is very popular with both Nicaraguans and foreign travellers. Here, you can chill and relax on the beach, escaping the heat of the city of León.

Las Peñitas is a lively village with many nice hotels, restaurants and bars. You can take surfing lessons or rent a surfboard, or just take a refreshing dive. If you fancy a longer hike, you can walk all the way down to the adjacent beach of Poneloya.

Isla Juan Venado


Isla Juan Venado

A tour to the Isla Juan Venado reserve is a must-do. You explore the mangroves by boat and will be able to spot many different types of birds. In addition, you can stop at a turtle project and depending on the season and the time, turtles are nesting or giving birth to their babies. A great experience!



It was wonderful to dive into the ocean here after we had been in León. Las Penitas is really up and coming and there are nice bars and restaurants to sit, relax and enjoy good food and drinks. Just before sunset we made a trip through the mangroves and saw many beautiful birds. We did not know we would also stop at a turtle project. We had such great luck and spotted baby turtles making their way towards the sea, so nice !!

To see in Las Peñitas:

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Jungle and coffee plantations in Matagalpa
Explore the north of Nicaragua and stay in the city of Matagalpa and hike the jungle and coffee plantations around the city! During this trip you stay at local family homes and your rooms are comfortable, but basic. Your host families however will make sure to provide everything you need. As a result, you do not need to worry about hygiene and the food they serve is great!
Taste great cigars and hike the green hills around Estelí
Visit Esteli when in Nicaragua! The village lies in a valley on 800m above sea level and is surrounded by mountains and lush jungle. Because of its geographical location and climate, the town is the agricultural centre of Nicaragua. Here there's no mass tourism and you'll experience the true Nicaraguan way of life. Enjoy nature and admire the beautiful murals in the town centre. Don't forget to taste some of the local fruits and vegetables or try a cigar even!
Experience history in colonial León
León is a beautiful colonial city that has been playing an important role in the country's history for centuries. Here you find Central America's largest cathedral and Leon is the hometown of Ruben Dario, a world-famous poet who was born some 150 years ago and one of the great heroes of Nicaragua.
Colourful culture in colonial Granada
Visiting Granada when in Nicaragua is a must-do! Historically, Granada always has been one of Nicaragua's most important cities. Nowadays, this beautiful and colourful town is also the country's main tourist destination. However, you don't find tourist hordes here, you can still experience the true day-to-day routines of the Nicaraguans living in the city. There's a lot to see and do around town, so take your time and spend at least a few days here!

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